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post #1 of 14 Old 11-11-2018, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation opinions?

I would love opinions of this horse's conformation. In particular, he has been trained to jump and has done well with that in the past -- is there anything about his conformation that would make you hesitate to jump him in the future? Also, looking at him, what WOULD you say he might be good at? I haven't measured him but I'd guess he's in the 14.2 - 14.4 hh range, so he's supposedly "worthless" as a show horse.
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He's a nice looking build IMO. He's a tad more angular & light on, and looks a bit base narrow/cow hocked(can't tell clearly cos his tail's in the way & he's not standing square) in the hind end, that maybe would change with some bodywork. He is quite high heeled in front, which is maybe why he's standing under himself like that. Appears 'broken forward' in hooves all round. I'd want to fix that before doing any serious jumping or other high impact stuff on him. As person's in the way & no front-on pic, can't say much about his front/neck etc more than that.

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I agree with loosie about the front feet. It's hard to tell but the left looks a bit steeper than the right. I'd get a vet exam.
He's really cute! I don't know about jumping but he sure looks like a solid trail buddy. : )

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Appears 'broken forward' in hooves all round. I'd want to fix that before doing any serious jumping or other high impact stuff on him.
Can you tell me what that means? He hasn't had his hooves done in probably a couple of months because he apparently kicked the farrier last time. Could that be why his hooves are like this?

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I agree with loosie about the front feet. It's hard to tell but the left looks a bit steeper than the right. I'd get a vet exam.
He's really cute! I don't know about jumping but he sure looks like a solid trail buddy. : )
Yes, I am thinking about taking him out on trails and seeing how he'd do. He has some anxiety and spookiness, but I'm hoping that we could work our way through that.

It's funny, I thought he was kind of ugly when I first saw him, but having gotten to know him, now I think he is cute. He has a really sweet personality.
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Can you tell me what that means? He hasn't had his hooves done in probably a couple of months because he apparently kicked the farrier last time. Could that be why his hooves are like this?

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No, not likely to this being just last couple of months - I'd say he's had high heels much longer term. If it were just from overgrowth of a few months & he was well balanced before, something - such as terrible thrush for eg - is preventing him using & therefore wearing his heels. Not to say it will *necessarily* take a long time to put them right though, although that won't be able to be corrected in one fell swoop either.

'Broken forward/broken back' refers to the hoof/pastern angle. The dorsal aspect of the phalangeal bones should line up straight, but in a high heeled horse like this, P3(pedal/coffin/foot bone) is steeper in angle than P1/P2 - causing a 'broken forward' angle. Aside from the actual foot not functioning optimally, this will put added strain on joints, ligaments, tendons all the way up, so esp for a physically hard activity like jumping, it will make it harder, more damaging on the horse's whole body.
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Thank you loosie! Unfortunately I can't "like" your response more than once...
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It's funny, I thought he was kind of ugly when I first saw him, but having gotten to know him, now I think he is cute. He has a really sweet personality.
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder! I think he is nice looking. Tho having that halter noseband sitting too low on his sensitive nose is ugly to me.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder! I think he is nice looking. Tho having that halter noseband sitting too low on his sensitive nose is ugly to me.
Ugh, yes, that halter belongs to my pony and I was trying to get it to where it fit this guy. Actually doesn't really fit the pony either.
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I would like to revisit this. These are pictures that I took today. Do his hooves look better? Less broken forward? Less high heeled? (the closeup is his fronts) @loosie or anyone who wants to comment?

We've started jumping (very very low jumps) but I don't want to keep going if his feet can't handle it.
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